Cochran’s Ski Club

Cochran’s Ski Club is dedicated to providing alpine race training opportunities to children ages 6 and up in a family oriented environment. Club kids should demonstrate an outward interest in ski racing and have at least advanced beginner ski skills. In addition to training and competition, the club engages in a variety of related social activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. We encourage every child to participate in some races, regardless of their ski racing ability. We strive to give club kids a sense of accomplishment through improvement in their skiing skills in the context of ski racing. In reaching these objectives we never overlook the fact that the purpose of ski racing or of any competitive sport is to have fun! 

Our philosophy is described in The Cochran Way

Watch this video by our friends at T-Bar Films for a little taste of amazing:

Volunteering at races and other events is at the heart of Ski Club engagement.  There are lots of opportunities to help with the races at Cochran’s next winter, starting with the Holiday Slalom in December 2019.

Cochran’s Ski & Ride Sale provides about half of Ski Club’s operating budget: the Sale’s success comes from the commitment and hard work of our families, alumni, coaches and community supporters.  Learn more about how we help: Ski Club Primer for Families 2019. Cochran’s Ski Club accepts tax-deductible donations to our Financial Assistance Program, or General Fund.  Cochran’s Ski Club, PO Box 104, Richmond, VT  05477.  Thank you.

Cochran’s Ski Sale 2020 will be November 6 (consignment drop-off), and Saturday November 7 – Sunday November 8, at Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond VT.  Stay tuned for details!


***IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR NEW FAMILIES*** our membership lists are nearly full.  If you are new to Cochran’s Ski Club, PLEASE email the membership coordinator at BEFORE getting your USS&SA or VARA memberships, so we can advise you on wait list status before you spend that money.  USS&SA and VARA membership fees are non-refundable.  (updated 11/16/19)

NEWS: Holiday Slalom is Monday December 30.  Race Registration is now open on  Link to the event:

NEWS: VARA created a guide to help with Alpine Race equipment selection: VARA Equipment Sizing and Tips 2019

NEWS: updates to USSA rules and guidelines from the 2019 Alpine Congress and FIS update, summary available here: August 2019 ASC and FIS Update

NEWS: Cochran’s Ski Club is seeking coaches 2019-20 season.  Contact the Nicole Dyhrman, Program Director, at

Cochran’s Ski Club’s Race Secretary, Wendy Gagliardi, is the person to contact about registrations, cancellations and other questions about USS&SA/VARA races at Cochran’s Ski Area. Email

Email with any questions.